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The big upset of primary night: Lovely Warren defeated incumbent Rochester mayor Tom Richards. Photo: Lovely Warren campaign
The big upset of primary night: Lovely Warren defeated incumbent Rochester mayor Tom Richards. Photo: Lovely Warren campaign

Primary resulted in no comebacks, some surprises

Primary night was not kind to politicians seeking political comebacks, and it also offered a few upset surprises. Karen DeWitt has this overview.  Go to full article
North Elba wants the tracks removed between their station in Lake Placid to this point at Union Station in Saranac Lake.  (File photo/Mark Kurtz)

North Elba wants tracks gone, favors multi-use trail

There's been another development this week in the fierce debate over the historic rail corridor in the Adirondacks.

The town of North Elba, which serves as the northern terminus of the line, called Tuesdsay night for the tracks to be torn up.

The town board also shelved plans to spend $2.6 million on a new trail that would have run parallel to the train tracks.  Go to full article
Sen. Charles Schumer watches as Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld addresses his employees in Massena in 2011.

Should we care about Alcoa's Dow Jones demotion?

This week the Dow Jones industrial average announced it will drop Alcoa and two other companies from its roster, replacing them with Nike, Visa, and Goldman Sachs. It's the biggest change to the 30-firm roster in nine years.

The New York Times called Alcoa's exclusion "a symbolic comedown." And it sure seems like it - clunky old aluminum out, Michael Jordan and "the swoosh" in.

One North Country financial planner told us it was "a sad day for the North Country". Alcoa practically built Massena, and remains northern New York's largest private sector employer. About 1000 people work there now.

But does the slight from the vaunted Dow Jones really matter?  Go to full article
Author Pico Iyer speaking at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: <a href="">TED Conference</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Tonight in Canton: author Pico Iyer

Writer and world traveler Pico Iyer, author of The Man Within My Head, is the first featured guest in this year's St. Lawrence Uiversity Writers Series. He will...  Go to full article
David Fox and R.H. Thomson play brothers Calum and Alexander in "No Great Mischief".  The show opens Friday night (8 pm) at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.  Photo: Thousand Islands Playhouse

Preview: "No Great Mischief"

Love, loss, family history and Scottish ancestry are at the heart of a play that opens Friday night in the Springer Theatre at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque,...  Go to full article
Lionesses love the mane. . . Photo: <a href="">Art G</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Lion Manes

Why would a heavy fur cape, like a lion's mane, be appropriate on a tropical savanna?

As with male fashion in humans, it appears the that the lionesses of the...  Go to full article

"Songs to Keep" concert Saturday in Edwards

This Saturday, The Edwards Opera House presents Songs To Keep, a collaboration of musical performances by John and Trish Miller, Dave Ruch, The Fraser Family, Lee...  Go to full article

New York's Bluegrass Trail, No. 3

Sometimes it only takes one song to get you hooked. After hearing his cousin sing, Phil Randazzo bought his first guitar, learned to play, and eventually put together a...  Go to full article